NEW MINISTRY!

August 8, 2017 10:04 pm

This has been kept under wraps for about two months, but now I am ready to announce the exciting news that I have been brought on to become the teaching pastor of a new church in Downtown, called GRACE CITY LA. With the generous support of a sponsoring church, we were able to create everything from a new state of the art website to social media to even having the right design for our worship sight!

One analogy to best describe this place: If you take the expository sermons of John MacArthur, the theological courses of R.C. Sproul, and the evangelistic zeal of Ray Comfort, and you bring them together in one package, that is how I can best describe the focus at Grace City LA. It is truly a unique ministry in Los Angeles that I hope many will come to experience.

The first Sunday service will launch on September 17 at 1 pm, and I am excited to be able to work with a great leadership team and even great servants who will, Lord willing, make this ministry a very special place to be. To learn more about the church, visit the official site at: www.gracecityla.org.

Consider even following exciting news on the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

If you are looking for a great Bible church in the area, and would like to support this new ministry, come visit and even sharing this launch video on your Facebook home page to get the word out!

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Matthew 7:13-23 Sermon

April 24, 2017 2:06 am

Here is a sermon I preached today concerning the two paths in life, or the wide and narrow gate. It’s a timely gospel-centered message that describes the essence of true saving faith in contrast to false.

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To Pay or Not to Pay

April 14, 2017 4:05 am

Gospel

 

Currently Reading:

The Gospel According to Paul: Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul’s Teaching

by John MacArthur

Category: Soteriology / Christian Living

2017, Thomas Nelson

 

 

 

Here is a link to a sermon I preached about a month ago, called To Pay or Not to Pay, an expository sermon from Matthew 22:15-22:

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Why is the Bible Trustworthy? Sermon

April 9, 2017 3:48 am

Here is recent sermon I preached at a youth retreat on Friday night, answering one of the toughest objections to the Christian faith. This message answers some of the objections to the Bible being true and trustworthy, showing evidence as to why it is indeed God’s Word, faithfully preserved down through time and which is relevant for us today:

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Hermeneutics Course

March 7, 2017 4:01 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For anyone in LA interested, I will be teaching a 5 week course on biblical hermeneutics from a curriculum I worked on from the Master’s Seminary. Hermeneutics simply means the art or science of Bible interpretation, or how to interpret the Bible accurately. All the cultic heresies in the world, and even different interpretations that spawn battles between Calvinism and Arminianism, premillennialism and amillennialism, creationism and evolution, complementarianism vs. egalitarianism, is related to how one goes about interpreting Scripture. There is a right way and a wrong way to interpret the Bible, and this course will teach you the right way to interpret every book, passage, and verse in order to best understand, obey, and glorify God.

This course is usually offered in seminaries and cost as much as $1000 per semester. I will do it for free. Don’t miss out on a chance to learn a valuable lesson on one of the most important practices for a Christian in a way that is easy, accessible, and engaging. You will be equipped to confidently read, understand, and apply Scripture as God intended. Reserve a spot by contacting Steve at stevejcha@gmail.com.

Date, Time, Location:

March 22, 29, April 5, 12, and 19
Time: 7-9 pm
4820 Fulton Avenue
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423
www.stevecha.net

 

The Atheist Delusion

January 10, 2017 4:53 am

finding

 

Currently Reading:

Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and other God Substitutes

by Nancy Pearcey

Category: Apologetics

2015, David C. Cook

 

 

 

Awesome movie if you haven’t seen it already. I wish I can hand these out to every person in America:

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BIBLE STUDY INFO – DEC 7, 2016

December 5, 2016 11:54 pm

LEGACY CITY CHURCH COMMUNITY GROUP INFO

 

TOPIC: Knowing Islam and How to Reach Muslims

DESCRIPTION: This week we will have a special guest speaker name Tony Yu. Tony is one of the most passionate evangelists in LA and has appeared on the radio station 99.5 KKLA multiple times to teach on evangelism, apologetics, and even the 16th century Protestant Reformation. He is especially skilled in the knowledge of Islamic theology, and has evangelized to Muslims in Africa during missions as well as Muslims at various Mosques in Los Angeles county.

Tony will be teaching us about the origins of Islam, its teachings concerning God, Jesus, salvation, and obedient living, how that compares with the Bible, and various tips on how we can most effectively reach Muslims with the gospel. Tony will provide excellent resources for us, and there will be a brief Q&A session at the end of the night, so if you have any questions, write them down and bring them. This is a lesson you don’t want to miss, and encourage you to invite to anyone interested in getting equipped in this area!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Dinner: 7:00-7:30 pm (please be on time if you plan to eat)
Study: 7:35-8:45 pm

Meeting location:
Kumon Math and Reading Center
4820 Fulton Avenue
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

 

MENU: This week will be potluck dinner. Pizza, wings, soda, salad, bring it on! =)

NOTE: Once again, please remember to park on the street or in the Rite Aid shopping center across the street. The businesses are pretty strict about only letting Kumon customers park in the lot during business day

 

Ask Steve: What is Legalism

October 5, 2016 12:26 am

culture

 

Currently Reading:

Culture Shift: The Battle for the Moral Heart of America

by R. Albert Mohler

Category: Christian Living / Contemporary Issues

2008, Multnomah Books

 

 

 

Question: Steve, I have heard about churches that were so-called “legalistic,” but I am not sure if I am in one. Can you define legalism for me?

Answer: Legalism is simply the improper, misguided, or excessive use of the law in the life of the Christian and the church. Whereas licentiousness is the abuse of God’s Law, especially in liberty issues, to live a selfish and worldly life, legalism is the abuse of God’s law, even in liberty issues, to force or manipulate “holiness” into the life of a believer. Legalism happens in all kinds of churches, although its form ranges from church to church and situation to situation.

Before outlining what legalism is, it is important to begin by describing what legalism is not. Legalism is not diligently obeying the word of God as an act of worship. Scripture commands us to obey the Lord and to strive to be holy in keeping with our identity as children of God (John 17:17; 1 Peter 1:15). A Christian who loves to read the Bible everyday, live righteously, guard his conscience, attend church every Sunday, and do lots of evangelism is not legalistic. It is gospel-centered obedience. Some have criticized devoted Christian living as a means to justify their disobedient or rebellious lifestyle.

Legalism is also not a social or preferential way of life. It is not looking at a Christian and disagreeing with his conservative clothing and that he likes traditional hymns, worshipping in a traditional church building, or is “old-fashioned.” In like manner, legalism is not looking at a Christian and disagreeing with his trendy clothes, and that he likes contemporary songs, worshipping in a school auditorium, and is hip. When the Christian forces or disciplines another for his social or preferential way of life, that is legalism. But to simply have your own likes and inclinations – no matter how conservative or culturally different it is – is not legalism.

With that said, true legalism is manifested in three ways.

The first way is that legalism is a means to gain salvation. What I mean by this is that a believer is taught to keep the Law of God in order to build up the righteousness necessary for eternal life. This is clearly a heretical teaching and the kind of legalism that Jesus constantly rebuked when challenging the Jewish authorities. In Matthew 23:15, Jesus says, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.” Moreover, Paul teaches in Romans 3:28, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.” The Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 also affirms the validity of salvation by faith apart from works of the law. The gospel teaches that man is saved by faith in Christ, a salvation which cannot be added or taken away by works. Those who teach otherwise teach a works-based salvation. Examples of cults which fall into this category of legalism are Roman Catholicism, The Watch Tower, and Latter-Day Saints.

The second way that legalism is manifested is that it becomes a means to maintain salvation. Believers are taught to keep the Law of God diligently in order to maintain his right standing with God for eternal life. This is also another heretical teaching that contradicts the gospel message. Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” No person can work to maintain his salvation by the law, because if that were the case, men would already lose their salvation. Romans 3:10 teaches us about the depravity of men, which shows us people’s inability to keep the law to gain or maintain salvation. James 2:10 also teaches us concerning the perfection of the law, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” Christians live out the law of God as an act of worship to God, not as a means to maintain salvation. When done with the wrong motives, works become meaningless. That is the point behind the judgment of the false converts in Matthew 7:21-23, when Jesus condemns the so-called “Christians” who boasted in their works. It is not because works are bad in the life of a Christian, but that they were falsely trusted in rather than in the gospel of Christ.

The third way that legalism is manifested is that it becomes a means to peer pressure, condemn, or exclude others from fellowship. This means that Christians who don’t follow extra-biblical rules and expectations – whether it be from church tradition or cultural norms – are judged as disobedient, unholy, and sometimes unfit for church membership. This is not heretical in the same sense as the previous two are in that this type of legalism does not teach salvation by works. However, this category of legalism is still displeasing to the Lord, as it is can be unnecessarily destructive and overbearing, and should be avoided. This is the kind of legalism that you will see in some evangelical churches, most specifically in hyper-fundamentalist churches or churches that are culturally and traditionally influenced.

The principle is most clearly expressed in Romans 14:1-12. It states, “ Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgments on his opinions. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God, and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God…” The Apostle Paul teaches that the church will be full of people of all backgrounds, and with it different convictions on “silent issues,” Christian liberty, and gray areas. No Christian is to judge or exclude others – whether they be the weaker or stronger brethren – because he or she has differing beliefs or understandings of non-moral and/or unclear issues in Scripture.

In other words, these silent issues must be left to the individual conscience. If the Christian is wrong or if he uses his choices in a way that causes others to stumble, then he will give an account to God at the Bema Seat Judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10). We can certainly encourage, pray for, or give a reason for why we believe differently, but to say “Thus sayeth the Lord” on those issues and play judge by peer pressuring, excluding, or church disciplining another believer is something that Scripture forbids. This is especially true if the Christian’s activities do not cause others to stumble and if he has no malicious intentions. These liberty or silent issues include movies, music, dancing, alcohol, social media, dating and courtship, boy/girl interactions within the church, leader and layperson interactions within the church, holiday celebrations, food, clothing, etc.

The sad thing is that there are evangelical Christian churches that faithfully preach God’s word, disciple the saints, live holy, and are passionate about evangelism, yet fall into this category of legalism, which can be observed in how they treat the stronger and weaker brethren in regards to membership, leadership qualification, and social acceptance. The result is that the church becomes legalistic, judgmental, and often times lacking in grace and patience. The serious end is that they become like the Ephesus church in Revelation 2:1-7 or like the Diotrophes case in 3 John.

Legalism can occur on the leadership level in how they govern and create the social structure of the church, or on the layperson level in how one believer treats another. In any case, Christians are called to find their final authority in the word of God and not in their own preferences or those of another. In every arena of Christian conduct, there are commandments, wisdom issues, and preferences. Commandments are those statutes that are clearly given to us in Scripture which we are called to follow, and if we do not, it constitutes sin and can be the basis for church discipline (Matthew 18:15-20). However, wisdom issues and preferences do not necessarily constitute sin, and God is ultimately the judge in those issues of personal conscience and convictions. When the church elevates those wisdom issues and preference to the level of commandment in that they judge by get angry at, condemn, or cast out people in the church who do not sin, then the church becomes legalistic, and is guilty of lording it over the flock (1 Peter 5:3). The church leaders must be heavily prayed for in regards to repentance, or in more severe cases, confronted according to the mandates of Matthew 18:15-20.

30 Most Recommended Books

August 10, 2016 10:11 pm

Way

 

The Way of the Master

by Ray Comfort w/ Kirk Cameron

Category: Evangelism / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gospel

 

The Gospel According to Jesus

by John MacArthur

Category: Soteriology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truth

 

The Truth War

by John MacArthur

Category: Apologetics / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

heaven

 

Heaven

by Randy Alcorn

Category: Eschatology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understad

 

Understanding End Times Prophecy

by Paul Benware

Category: Eschatology / Biblical Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't

 

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek

Category: Apologetics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowing

 

Knowing God

by J.I. Packer

Category: Theology Proper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money

 

Money Possessions and Eternity

by Randy Alcorn

Category: Stewardship / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family

 

God, Marriage, and Family

by Andreas Kostenberger

Category: Marriage & Family / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trusting

 

Trusting God

by Jerry Bridges

Category: Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hole

 

The Hole in our Holiness

by Kevin DeYoung

Category: Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hour

 

The Hour That Changes the World

by Dick Eastman

Category: Prayer / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship

 

Worship

by John MacArthur

Category: Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Marks

 

9 Marks of a Healthy Church

by Mark Dever

Category: Ecclesiology / Church and Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fatger

 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

by Bruce Ware

Category: Theology Proper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radical

 

Radical

by David Platt

Category: Missions / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

If God is Good

 

If God is Good

by Randy Alcorn

Category: Theology / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recovering

 

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem

Category: Biblical Studies / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gospel power

 

The Gospel’s Power and Message

by Paul Washer

Category: Soteriology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counter

 

Counter Culture

by David Platt

Category: Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inerr

 

The Inerrant Word

Edited by John MacArthur

Category: Bibliology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare

 

Prepare

by J. Paul Nyquist

Category: Persecution / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conviction

 

The Conviction to Lead

by Albert Mohler

Category: Leadership / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

God's Not

 

God’s Not Dead

by Rice Broocks

Category: Apologetics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowledge

 

The Knowledge of the Holy

by A.W. Tozer

Category: Theology Proper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlocking

 

Unlocking the Last Days

by Jeff Lasseigne

Category: Eschatology / Christian Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

Basic Bible Interpretation

by Roy Zuck

Category: Biblical Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy

 

The Holy Spirit

by Charles C. Ryrie

Category: Pneumatology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission

 

What is the Mission of the Church?

by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert

Category: Missions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

545917o

 

 

Biblical Doctrine

Edited by John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue

Category: Systematic Theology

 

Book Review: The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis

July 9, 2016 8:39 pm

 

Sev

 

The Seven Laws of Love is a practical and easy to read book on the practice of love. It is not theologically dense, but it is also not fluff, as most of the material is supported by biblical verses and passages. The definition of love is accurate, as the author constantly describes it as a selfless, sacrificial commitment to others, whether one gets anything in return or not.

The author breaks the book down into the first and second second: the first one talks about the principles of love as displayed in commitment, sacrifices, truth, fear, grace, healing, and forever. The second part of the book deals with love in action, as it relates to everyone from spouse to God. This book is not the best book on love I’ve ever read, but it is still a solid piece of work that is filled with many illustrations and examples that highlight the power of his presentations. Much of the personal anecdotes are very moving and insightful.

This is a book I would highly recommend if you want an accessible, but biblical, book that will challenge you to put godly love into practice in every area of your life. It has the potential to be life changing.

Note: I received this book complimentary from booklookbloggers.com for review. I was not obligated to give a good review, but only my honest evaluation.